A Stroll through Mercy Hospital
Mark 5:1-2, 22-23, 25-26
1. THE PATIENTS THAT ARE ADMITTED
A) A Demonized Man
B) A Diseased Woman
C) A Dead Child
2. THE PHYSICIAN THAT IS AVAILABLE
A) He Will Take Any Patient
B) He Can Treat Any Problem
3. THE PROBLEMS THAT ARE ADDRESSED
A) Different Problems
B) Difficult Problems
In the 2003 Hospital Honor Roll of U.S. News & World Report, the following hospitals were ranked as the top five in the United States: 5) The Cleveland Clinic, 4) Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, 3) UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, 2) Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, and the number one hospital in America; John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. 1
Today, I want us to visit a hospital. I once read or heard someone refer to Mark chapter 5 as a hospital for incurables. I think that is an excellent description of the chapter. I am going to borrow that description and call this hospital of incurables the Mercy Hospital. It is a hospital that features a men's ward, a women's ward, and a children's ward.
This hospital will never make the honor roll of US News & World Report, but every patient that has ever entered this hospital has been miraculously cured. The US News & World Report rated hospitals based on their ranking in 17 hospital specialties. Each hospital received 2 points for ranking at or near the top in a specialty and 1 point if slightly below. For example, John Hopkins scored 32 points in 16 specialties.
If you were scoring the Mercy Hospital in Mark chapter 5, it would score a perfect score. There is not a case or condition that cannot be treated and cured in this hospital. This hospital specializes in cases and conditions that no one else can treat.
It is a hospital that only has one doctor on call, but that one doctor is all that is needed. He is a specialist in all fields. He is a doctor that has never met a case or condition that He could not handle. ...
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